Engineer I, Design - Electrical/Mechatronics
Join an exciting team working to advance electrified, automated, and smart connected products within Toro’s Residential and Landscape Contractor division. This position will play a key role in defining electromechanical systems, evaluating key electrical components, and utilizing modeling tools to prove out design concepts.
At The Toro Company's corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota we pride ourselves in being an industry leader for outdoor environment products. Our teams at this location take pride in being on cutting edge of creating innovative products while partnering with world-class employees that bring passion to their everyday work. This is a location that truly values its employees with upward career mobility and advancement opportunities.
We invite you to become part of our team!
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Leads design and/or analysis project efforts:
- Responsible for designing electromechanical systems and subsystems for production machines. Design responsibilities include but are not limited to: product cost, timing, durability, safety, performance, manufacturability, and quality.
- Investigates and develops critical electrical components such as motors, actuators, sensors, switches, cameras, and other components related to object detection and machine monitoring.
- Performs board-level testing and assists with creating end-of-line test fixtures as needed.
- Oversees the layout and detail design accomplished by members of the engineering project team, ensuring that technical requirements packages and other documentation are completed properly.
- Responsible for the analysis, or oversight of the analysis, of proposed engineering designs using calculations, testing, data acquisition and processing, computer simulation methods or other techniques as needed.
- Procures and coordinates the efforts of outside consultants, labs, suppliers, etc. needed to accomplish the design or other objectives of the project.
- Works with Legal on potential patent activities and liability avoidance.
- Develops products to meet appropriate agency requirements and works with those agencies to obtain approval.
- Plans and executes engineering development on his/her initiative with supervisor approval:
- Works with engineering management in developing product proposals to satisfy specific market requirements.
- Helps to establish overall product specifications, features, design features, design objectives and schedules.
- Conducts feasibility studies to reveal idea practicality and potential design or program issues.
- Assists the Test department in developing and following test plans.
- Coordinates engineering activity during the feasibility, development, and implementation phases.
- Works with project leader or acts as project leader when required during the concept and the production phases of a program.
- Assigns specific tasks and duties to the engineering team and empowers the team as needed to accomplish department goals.
- Informs and updates project team members, engineering management and directors on project status and plan as needed.
- Works with Marketing, Sales, Management, Shop, Drafting, Test, Research, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Accounting as required by the project.
- May supervise work activities of designers, draftspersons and technicians assigned to the project.
- Assist Management in training other employees in technical areas.
- Keeps abreast of new development, materials, competitive products, etc. Assist in field days, sales and service meetings.
- Applies “Total Quality” principles in the daily performance of the job.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Skillfully collaborates with cross functional teams, promote big picture thinking.
- Communicates with highly competent written and verbal communication skills
- Travels to test-sites, distributors, customers, vendors, manufacturing facilities, global partners and others as required.
- Directs work of assigned support personnel.
- Design decisions significantly affect sales, warranty, customer satisfaction; component failures may result in liability lawsuits.
- Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Mechatronics Engineering from an ABET accredited university required.
- One or more (1+) years of relevant experience preferred.
- Motor control experience highly preferred.
- Must be able to create and analyze component, system level or complete product design with individual initiative.
- Ability to communicate clearly and direct the work of drafters and designers as needed.
- Ability to analyze and troubleshoot vehicle electrical systems using machine schematics, meters, oscilloscopes, and data acquisition equipment.
- Passionate about product development, from concept through production.
- Experience with Matlab/Simulink, NI LabVIEW, or other model-based design tools highly preferred.
- Experience with CAN or similar communication protocols preferred.
- Experience with modeling physical/electrical systems and mechanical intuition preferred.